[Bf-committers] GPL or (c) infringement?

Martin Dickopp martin at zero-based.org
Thu Mar 10 21:20:58 CET 2005

Tom M <letterrip at gmail.com> writes:

> Martin Dickopp <martin at zero-based.org> wrote:
>> They have to either accompany the binary with the source code (Section
>> 3a of the GPL), or accompany it with a written offer to provide the
>> source "for a charge no more than [the] cost of physically performing
>> source distribution" (Section 3b).
>> Note that if they invoke 3b, they have to offer to give the source to
>> "any third party," not just the person who received the binary.
> You are correct, sorry I was being incomplete.

My original statement was incomplete as well.

> So, if Ton can ask the purchaser to check for an offer of the code,
> or the actual source code on the CD we can determine whether the
> bf-foundations (and other copyright holders) copyright has been
> violated.

Yes, and if they went for the "written offer" option, we could all
request the source code under the "any third party" clause. If they
fail to send it to everyone in this case, that would be a violation.


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